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A civil and a criminal court case are not the same

In Maryland, court cases can either be criminal or civil in nature, and there is a world of difference between the two. A criminal case takes place when some sort of criminal offense is alleged. A civil case takes place when two or more individuals have some sort of issue with each other, with regards to some lawful obligation one may have to the other. So here are some other important differences between a civil and a criminal court case.

Increased DUI patrols likely over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and while the intention of the holiday is to honor those who died while serving in the military, it has also become the unofficial kickoff to summer. Barbecues and parties are common on Memorial Day - as are drunk driving arrests. Officers generally step up DUI patrols and checkpoints during holiday weekends, and this leads to a corresponding spike in DUI arrests.

Criminal charges and government security clearance

Whether criminal charges will result in the automatic denial of a requested security clearance, or whether they will cause a current clearance to be revoked, depends to some extent on the specific charges involved. Adjudicative guidelines address two specific instances: a serious crime such as a felony, and a case where a person has numerous lesser charges.

What usually happens at a preliminary hearing?

One of the benefits of the American criminal justice system is that it is very thorough. Someone in Maryland accused of a crime is entitled to due process which includes legal representation, a jury trial and a sturdy appeals process. But what is a preliminary hearing, and what happens during it?

Son of former Raven great charged with criminal sexual conduct

Being charged with a sexually based crime in Maryland can lead to devastating consequences. These can begin with newspaper headlines and gossip that imply guilt even before the defendant's criminal trial has begun. And even if that person is found innocent of all charges, public perception of guilt can still haunt that person for the rest of their life. Recently, the son of a former local football great has potentially found himself in just this kind of situation.

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